River Parks Mission To maintain, preserve, develop, and promote the Arkansas River and adjacent land areas under the Authority’s jurisdiction within Tulsa County for the economic and cultural benefit of the community.
River Parks Vision To be the region’s premier park, recreation, and entertainment destination.
Offering the best in outdoor recreation, River Parks’ 26 miles of asphalt-surfaced trails weave past gathering areas, playgrounds, fountains and sculptures along the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa. Additionally, River Parks owns and leases hundreds of acres reserved for wildlife habitation and land preservation. River Parks also controls the water levels of portions of the Arkansas River using the gates of the Zink Dam.
About the Park
The park’s varied landscape ranges from manicured lawns to the rugged terrain of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness. River Parks offers dual trails for pedestrians and cyclists, plus seasonal enjoyment of fishing, rowing, kayaking, disc golf, the Blue Rose restaurant, and an outdoor cafe, Elwood’s. The 45 miles of dirt trails on Turkey Mountain are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
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Outdoor events occur throughout the year featuring concerts, festivals, fireworks and numerous running and cycling competitions. Several notable events that are held at River Parks include the Tulsa Oktoberfest, FreedomFest (Tulsa’s July 4th celebration), ScotFest, and Tulsa Tough. Park facilities are also available for private activities such as company parties.
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River Parks was established as a public-private partnership in 1974. Tulsa County and the City of Tulsa provide the majority of funds for day-to-day River Parks operations. These funds are generously supplemented by private benefactors whose gifts, large and small, make River Parks one of the premier public park facilities in the region.
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